Mediterranean Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Quinoa and Avocado SaladWe have been wanting to try quinoa for a while, and now finally have! Quinoa is considered one of the healthiest foods and has even been dubbed a “superfood”. You can read more about the benefits of quinoa here and also learn that apparently 2013 was “The International Year of Quinoa” as declared by the United States Food and Agricultural Organization. While quinoa itself is not super flavorful, this recipe is packed full of Mediterranean influenced tastes such as lemon, olive oil and feta. The consistency of quinoa takes a little getting used to, but the avocado pairing creates a creamy, more appealing texture. Plus, adding avocado to anything instantly makes it better. This is incredibly easy to make, and while I normally place salads in the ‘appetizers’ tab, this is filling enough to be an entree sized portion. Let me know what you think! 

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 roma tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups chopped lettuce (we used Romaine because our baby spinach had gone bad, but use what you want)
  • 1 ripe avocado (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup fat free feta
Don’t mind the spinach, we took this photo before we realized it had gone bad!!


Combine quinoa and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until all the water has absorbed. IMG_2285

Transfer quinoa to a bowl and mix in chopped tomato.IMG_2291

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Pour over the quinoa and mix well.

Place lettuce on plates and top with avocado. IMG_2288Spoon quinoa mixture over the avocado. Sprinkle with feta and eat up!Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 308; Fat: 19 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 516 mg; Carbs: 26 g; Sugars: 2 g; Protein: 13 g

Amanda’s Rating: 7.5/10

Nevin’s Rating: 7.5/10


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Finally with the quinoa! Nice work my friend. That stuff is great in any salad. I would suggest though, if I may be so bold, that it generally doesn’t take that long to cook and should be rinsed with cold water once all of the little tails have appeared and the grain looks like little tadpoles. Smiley face.


    1. chefchewie says:

      I welcome all suggestions as I am a quinoa novice! How long do you generally cook it for?


      1. I keep a close eye on it after the 8-9 minute mark, and wait for those tails to appear!

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